The Magpies are set to kick off their new era under new ownership on Sunday when they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to St. James’ Park – and that was supposed to be without Bruce, with many reporting that they expected him to be relieved of his duties this week. However, he has continued to take training in the wake of the takeover.
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It would seemingly be madness to hand Bruce the reins and a sizeable transfer budget at Newcastle given how poor he has been on Tyneside with a 29.4% win percentage – the lowest throughout his career. And with the ambitions that PCP Capital Partners have for the club, it would make sense to see Bruce dismissed sooner rather than later.
Despite the Toon boss remaining for now, Castles believes that Bruce’s future is still set to be away from Tyneside.
“I’m constantly assured by the people involved it is meant to be a project which has learned lessons from what happened with those clubs [Man City and Chelsea], is very conscious of the potential for being ripped off by players in the football business market, of recruiting the wrong manager; recruiting, more importantly, the wrong players; of paying too much in commissions for those players, paying salaries at a level which hampers the progress towards a long-term goal.
“The long-term goal is very ambitious, that is to establish Newcastle United as one of the top clubs in the world, but they say they’re not going to do it by throwing lots of money at the transfer market and at coaches in the initial period. What I’m hearing on their plans does back that up, in that one of the priorities is a change of coach.”
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